Are you due your smear test but can’t get an appointment at your doctor’s? Better2Know can help you. Our Home HPV Testing Kit allows you to monitor your cervical health with a simple vaginal swab.

With many health professionals called into hospitals to help tackle coronavirus, you may find that your GP is not available, or your local surgery is closed. Alternatively, you may be self-isolating due to Covid-19 symptoms, and therefore unable to attend your appointment.

During this time, your regular smear test should not be overlooked. Since 99.8% of cervical cancers are preventable with early detection, your cervical check is as important now as ever.

What is the link between HPV and cervical cancer?

HPV stands for the Human Papillomavirus, of which there are around 140 different strains – the majority are low-risk but there are around 14 high-risk types.

Infection with a high-risk HPV strain causes cervical cells to stop working normally and divide uncontrollably, leading to the growth of a cancerous tumour.

Nearly all cases of cervical cancer (99.7%) are the result of a chronic HPV infection. The HPV virus is very common but can take time to be detected, which is why it is important to get tested regularly – every two to five years.

What is the difference between a smear test and an HPV test?

Whilst HPV testing looks for the virus itself, a smear test detects changes to the cells in the cervix. Due to the fact that testing for HPV can detect the virus responsible for damaging your cervical cells, this testing method is set to replace traditional smear tests (also known as PAP smears).

Get in touch with our advisors

If you are concerned about your cervical health, we can help you. Our friendly, highly trained advisors will explain your options and find the most suitable option for you. Call our team today or send a message anonymously using our online chat.

You can order your Home HPV Testing Kit online here. Alternatively, we may have a clinic near you where you can attend your smear test. Please ask our advisors for more information.

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